Tropical Rock! St Lucia Lollapalooza Aftershow at Park West (July 29, 2016)

St Lucia may be from New York, but they create a vibrant Caribbean style sound that appropriately reflects their name. The lead singer, Grobler said, “On the last record, I was trying to fit every instrument on every track, layering all these lush sounds. If the last album sounded like the tropics, this album is the desert.” The desert theme is represented on stage with a multitude of succulents surrounding the amps and instruments. The tropics are also in the mix with the neon lights and Grobler’s island style shirt. The fan blowing his shirt and hair adds to the beachy atmosphere.


Early in the set, they play “Closer Than This”. It starts slowly with three chords on the synthesizer. Then, the vocals come in smoothly. Next, the drums and bass. Finally the chorus comes and everyone in the building is dancing and singing: “I’ve got a feeling we will never closer than this! I can’t image there’s a way to get closer than this!” This slow build to a very catchy chorus is the perfect recipe for a dance party.  The same formula applies to “September” which whips the crowd into a frenzy. “I just want you to remember, before you get carried away. What happened just this September, if you know you want it, baby.” It’s an excellently crafted song.

Lollapalooza started at noon, 13 hours ago. The crowd is exhausted. However, when they start to play their biggest song to date, “Elevate”, to close out the night, everyone uses their last bit of energy to dance out one more time. “And no one elevates you, elevates you now!  And no one’s gonna take you, gonna take you there!” Everyone leaves with a giant smile on their face. St Lucia has a bright future ahead of them. Catch them on tour now across the US!

Quinn Delaney


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